Margaret S Milligan

Tell us a little about what you do and why you love it?

I am a contemporary fine art painter . I love to draw and paint the human figure. I founded and still run Kirkcudbright Life Drawing Group.

It means a lot to me, to paint from life, be it the figure, still life or landscape.

Teaching has become a large part of my painting practice, summer workshops, sketching en plain air groups, weekly Drawing and Painting  classes, also one to one tuition. I love passing on what I know.

What makes Dumfries and Galloway special to you?

I was born in Wigtownshire and I attended school there. Whithorn and the Isle of Whithorn have a special place in my heart.

I have lived in Kirkcudbright all my married life. I give thanks every day, no matter the weather, that I live and work in such a beautiful place. I am very lucky.

What projects are you involved in right now?

I have just commenced work on larger figurative pieces, working from the model in my studio. These are for galleries. I am also undertaking a longer personal project, incorporating the figure with interiors.

Hopes, ambitions or plans for the future?

I am still trying to push myself to more landscapes, en plein air. I promise myself each summer, I’ll do more. I’d also like to get my pastels back out and perhaps use them on mixed media pieces.

Have you always been in this role – or have you/do you do anything else?

I have drawn my entire life. As a child, it was always faces and figures…nothing changed much there, then! Painting was the follow on, painting my own children as they grew up but like many, getting my head down and seriously painting, didn’t happen till my family left home.

Tell us something not everyone knows about you

I have owned a sewing machine since I was sixteen and finally I am making clothes that fit and look good! This past winter I have made nearly all my own clothes. Now I’m more proficient , I dream of personalising my makes and designing and printing my own fabrics………a pipe dream possibly!

Margaret S Milligan Fine Art, Studio 6, WASPS Artists Studios, Cannonwalls, High St, Kirkcudbright.